Perspectives: What We Do in the Present

By Children Rising | August 28, 2017

“The future depends on what we do in the present.”
– Mahatma Gandhi –

As another school year begins, the above quote very much resonated with me. There are few areas of the future we can all individually impact as much as when we help our wonderful children to have a good start in life. Giving hope to at-promise students by closing the achievement gap in our urban public schools profoundly changes the trajectory of children’s lives. We’ve seen it happen year after year!

This is our mission here at Children Rising and – together with our many community partners, schools, and amazing volunteers – we have been able to help thousands of children over the years. Our ability to serve and

impact the East Bay community has grown each year and we are planning to serve more children with improved programs this year. But… we can’t do it without you!


“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.”
– Josh Shipp –


As a Children Rising volunteer, you can change a life by

  • Helping a child become a successful reader and lifelong lover of learning
  • Opening up the world of science and the great outdoors to urban kids
  • Sharpening a student’s math and critical thinking skills
  • Mentoring a high school student in preparation for workplace internships
  • Enabling children to receive proper nutrition so they are better able to learn

All Children Rising volunteers are provided training, materials, and ongoing coaching by our experienced staff. Only a small amount of time is required and the rewards you receive in return are priceless!

Thank you to our many dedicated volunteers who help year after year. And to those of you who have not yet had a chance to volunteer, thank you in advance for any time you can give as we continue to serve the children of our community.

For the children,


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